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Impressive Galway minors put the Rossies to the sword

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Galway 4-18

Roscommon 0-8

A dominant second half performance saw the Galway minor footballers open their Connacht Championship campaign in style last Friday evening as they blew Roscommon away at Tuam Stadium. The home side hit 2-9 without reply in a 15-minute spell during that second period to take complete control of what had been a tight game for the opening 30 minutes.

Two goals in first half injury time put Dónal Ó Fátharta’s side in command at the break, however, and when two more followed early in the second half, Roscommon wilted. From there, it was a case of Galway picking off scores with little resistance. While it took Galway a while to get going early on, Ó Fátharta was obviously pleased with how things panned out.

“We knew Roscommon have good forwards so the plan was to keep it tight. We had an idea that they might have a sweeper so we planned for that, but the guys in defence put the pressure on all over the field. Once we limited them to a few scores and got the couple of goals before half-time, that made the difference.

“With young lads, it can be difficult to get the head up again. Roscommon are a good team, we know they are a good team over the last couple of years. They have some fine players and that scoreline doesn’t do justice to them. It was one of those days where everything went right for us. The next day against Sligo, it mightn’t be as good. Look, we’re happy with our guys, we’re happy with the performance, with the way they played, the way they worked hard and tackled, stuff we’ve been working on, so we’re happy overall.”

It was Roscommon who made the better start to the contest, an Aaron McDermott free getting them off the mark in the second minute as Galway struggled to string moves together. Ryan Monahan did get the Tribesmen’s first score from a placed ball in the 10th minute but Liam Ormsby edged Roscommon ahead again soon after.

Moycullen’s Paul Kelly was immense at midfield for Galway and he popped up with a point in the 13th minute to draw the sides level. Roscommon’s Eoghan Derwin and Galway’s Oisín Gormally exchanged scores soon after before Kelly was on hand again to fist a point over the bar to finish a good move.

 

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Biden is a Maree man!

Keith Kelly

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US President-election Joe Biden.

The connections of incoming US President, Joe Biden, to Mayo and Louth on his mother’s side of his family have been widely reported – but it has emerged that he has just as strong links to a small townland outside Oranmore through his father’s side…as recently as four generations ago.

And the news has led to hopes that the President-elect will include a trip to Galway in any itinerary for a visit to Ireland during his presidency – and it is being reported this week that the incoming president will make Ireland his first state visit when he assumes office.

Contact had been made with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s office with the news of the President-elect’s Galway links ahead of his visit to Ireland in 2016, but Liam Hanniffy – who has uncovered the link between his family and that of Mr Biden, was told that the itinerary had already been planned, and a visit to Galway was not possible.

Liam Hanniffy, who is from Ballinacourty in Maree, has been researching his family tree since been contacted by a man from America in 2014 saying they were third cousins, and both were also related to the then US Vice-President, Joe Biden.

Research by Liam has discovered that a man called John Hanniffy, who was born just over 200 years ago in Ballinacourty Hill in Maree, is actually the great-great grandfather of the President-elect – and to make the Galway link even stronger, John Hanniffy married a woman whose parents was also born in the same townland, meaning two of his great-great-great grandparents also came from the same townlands nestled on Galway Bay.

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Galway all set to re-open for business

Dara Bradley

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Shop Street...business will be back.

Galway has earned the right to re-open – local lockdown sacrifices have suppressed the virus in the community, the latest figures confirm.

The collective effort of city and county residents over six weeks drove down the infection rate to one of the lowest in the country.

Gyms, all retail, hairdressers, personal services and possibly religious services and some entertainment are on course to re-open next week.

Government will announce plans for hospitality, with publicans, and in particular those who don’t serve food, hopeful they won’t be left behind. Plans to ease Christmas visiting restrictions will also be unveiled Friday.

Galway had one of Ireland’s highest Covid-19 figures when the country entered Level 5 lockdown in October but the latest stats reveal a massive turnaround.

Galway recorded 168 new confirmed cases in the fortnight to Monday, which equates to a 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of 65.1, compared with the national average of 107.8. The incidence rate peaked at 313.9 per 100,000 in October when the number of weekly cases in Galway hit a staggering 500 – ten times this week’s total of 50 cases in the seven days up to Monday.

In the week to Saturday, 28 Covid outbreaks were recorded in the West, down from 36 the previous week. Eighteen of the new clusters were in private homes and nine were in extended family and community.

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Galway mum’s support from home as toddler battles rare cancer

Denise McNamara

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Little fighter...Grace Bridges.

A Galway woman living in Sydney has been overwhelmed by the support shown by family and friends in her native Loughrea since her toddler Grace was diagnosed with a rare cancer last January.

“One of my friends said you can see Ireland with all the candles lighting for Grace,” reflects Emma Bane, over the phone from her child’s hospital bed which has become an all-too-familiar second home for the pair.

Yet still Grace fights, beating all the odds, as she approaches her second birthday on December 11. Metastatic Hepatoblastoma is so rare it affects one in a million children.

They returned to Westmead Hospital in the western suburbs of Sydney over a week ago after catching the common cold as her immune system is so compromised after 40 doses of chemotherapy.

Another 30 doses are planned.

“We call her our little warrior princess. She’s had three life-threatening trips to intensive care. When pathology looked at her blood sample her tumour markers were so high they couldn’t quantify them – they’d never seen anything like it. This is the third time we’ve been told she wouldn’t make it.”

Grace gets very sick when undergoing the chemo in 21 days cycles and usually has to be admitted due to severe diarrhoea and dehydration.

After her fifth surgery in September, oncologists warned that this latest round of chemo is her last chance at survival.

“They tell us to be hopeful and so far she’s beaten all the odds. That’s how amazing she is. She’s had 500 needles from February till October and 60 blood transfusions – she’s really been through the mill.”

As have Emma and her husband Adam Bridges.

 

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help with the cost of medical expenses. To contribute go to https://au.gofundme.com/f/grace-bridges

This is the correct address; there was a typographical error in the one which appears in this week’s paper and on the digital edition.

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